O'Brien says he'll conference with Dems


Soon-to-be State Senator Ted O'Brien says he'll conference with Democrats, not the Independent Democratic Conference when he heads to Albany in January.

"I feel an obligation to conference with the Democrats when I'm elected as a Democrat," O'Brien said during a phone interview this afternoon.

He said he's had collegial conversations with IDC members Jeff Klein and Dave Valesky, and that he expects he'll be able to work with Governor Andrew Cuomo, IDC members, and his own conference to advance issues, including a minimum wage increase. He said he's willing to work with anyone who'll help him advocate for Monroe and Ontario Counties.

For the time being, O'Brien is still serving in the County Legislature. He said he doesn't know exactly when he'll step down from that position, only that it'll happen by December 31.